We are excited to introduce Lisa Tynan as the new Oregon Child Care Alliance (OCCA) Director. This exciting pilot project supports child care providers across Oregon with coaching, community, and resources so they can focus on growing a thriving business.
Living in Bend, Oregon, Lisa is an avid hiker and biker when she’s not busy improving the landscape of child care in Oregon.
Lisa has a strong background in early childhood education and accounting. Prior to joining the OCCA team, Lisa founded and operated a Montessori school for almost a decade. In her work at the school, she began to notice a lack of quality training and resources for child care providers in the area. She sold her school in 2020 and began offering business courses to child care providers through NeighborImpact. Like Neighborhood House’s Child Care Improvement Project, NeighborImpact offers programming to support new and existing child care businesses.
Lisa is eager to hit the ground running after being hired as the OCCA’s new director last month.
“This is a really excellent opportunity to stabilize the child care industry,” she said. “We want to create an industry that providers want to stay in. We want people to see child care as a viable career path.”
Currently, child care business owners are facing extreme burnout and low pay, causing a child care shortage as providers leave the industry in droves. The OCCA aims to help mitigate these issues through 1-on-1 business coaching, peer-to-peer cohort support and relationship building, and by providing business tools including financial management software.
“I am excited to work with this very skilled team and see more child care providers join the program,” Lisa said. “We are setting a standard in three Oregon counties so we can expand statewide in the years to come.”
Are you a child care provider in Oregon? Apply to join the Oregon Child Care Alliance today!